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Save Old Fremantle Bridge & Turn it Into a
Highline for Pedestrians & Cyclists

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FIGHT FOR THE HERITAGE LISTED FREMANTLE TRAFFIC BRIDGE: Ensuring the best outcome for the people and place!

 

State Transport Minister, Rita Saffioti plans to demolish the old Fremantle Traffic Bridge in 2024 to make way for a new one, in the same location.    

 

But there's a better place for the new bridge. Help save the old Freo Bridge and repurpose it into a people-friendly Highline promenade for all West Australians to enjoy. 

 

The bridge has the highest heritage listing. Heritage Council says it’s of “extreme significance”. But sometimes they can’t even stop Governments from bowling over our history.

 

The Heritage Council needs to stand up to Government and say “No!” 

 

Imagine walking or cycling over our wooden heritage bridge. Sitting, enjoying the view; watching dolphins, buskers, the sun setting into the ocean; fishing from its piers.

 

The old Freo bridge needs our love. It will cost $20 million to destroy and remove it. Why not use that money to repurpose it?

 

Fremantle Council hasn’t done enough to save it. They have refused to do independent heritage or engineering assessments to fight State Government. Freo Council is scared the. Government will make them pay for the bridge’s maintenance. But Former Premier Dr Lawrence said this has never and will never happen!

 

Main Roads Swan River Crossings Director, Ashley Vincent, says the bridge is unsafe and falling down. But that’s not true. Main Roads reports are based on keeping the 24,000 cars, 20 tonnes trucks and buses driving over it each day. They’ve never done an assessment to repurpose it for pedestrian and cyclists which would take 90% off this 84 year Western Australian transport icon’s load. Plus the Government just spend $23 million dollars over the past 5 years repairing it, making it safe for boats and users.

 

International timber bridge experts, Timber Restoration Services; a group of international companies specialising in the design, construction and maintenance of timber structures globally concluded in 2021 that the bridge is in good repair, and will cost more to demolish than repurpose it for pedestrians and cyclists. Timber Restoration Services reviewed 280 Main Roads engineering reports on the bridge, obtained by Save Old Fremantle Bridge Alliance through a Freedom of Information Act request. Their civil engineers concurred that the bridge was safe and could be repurposed into a cycling and pedestrian Highline. “We disagree with assessments of Main Roads that suggest that the bridge is beyond restoration, cost prohibitive and should be destroyed. There are no insurmountable challenges that would inhibit the bridge from being repurposed for pedestrian and cycling use, nor from improving boating safety and navigational flexibility.” Patrick Bigg, CEO Timber Restoration Services said.

 

Planning Minister Rita Saffioti has $115 mil of State and $115 mil of the Federal money to build a new Swan River Crossing in Freo. Why not allocate $50 million to repurpose the bridge into a Highline?

 

Minister for Heritage, Tourism; Culture and the Arts; David Templeman needs to tell Planning Minister Saffioti to get her hands off this A1 heritage bridge. He needs to tell Heritage Councillors to vote to keep the bridge and turn it into a Highline for the 1 million visitors who will use it and the $50 million they will spend in the Highline’s first year.

 

Don’t let the Government cause more damage to our Swan River’s seabed and marine life. Get them to keep the bridge and turn it into a Highline, connecting people along a coastal trail from Cockburn to Hillary’s, and residents in Perth’s East and North via Perth’s new cycleways.

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About Highlines
 

A Highline’s common attribute is a pedestrian-cycle-only heritage bridge connecting landscape, heritage, art and people. Cities which have created Highlines have rejuvenated underused areas and integrated communities, offering physical celebrations of environment, nature, history and offering community connection and tourism. Highlines have been built in New York, Paris and Melbourne have become world class public spaces. New York’s Highline cost $170million to build, and now attracts 8 million visitors per year. https://www.thehighline.org

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